Things to do in Sydney this weekend

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Stall holder at the Westies Markets displaying her fashion designs
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This weekend features a fabulous program of triple threat entertainment across film, theatre and music. There’s still time to grab tickets to the opening of the Japanese Film Festival, see super star Sam Smith in the flesh, or nab a seat at some of the superb stage shows on this week. Or, you can live your best Stan life and spend your free days engrossed in exhibitions honouring the Rolling Stones and Star Wars.

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What's on this weekend?

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Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Museums, Science

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
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Ever wondered which Star Wars character you most resemble? Luke, Leia, Solo, Rey, Finn, Chewie, Vader or Yoda? In this new exhibition you’ll be invited to journey to a galaxy far, far away to create your own Star Wars identity, using specialist technology and Star Wars costumes, models, props and artwork. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibit

icon-location-pin International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
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This huge exhibition explores the Rolling Stones’ rise to stardom and their subsequent impact on pop culture, rock’n’roll, fashion and art. The doors open this weekend on more than 500 items from throughout the band’s career, including vintage guitars, lyric books, album art, and the personal diaries and letters of the Stones themselves. 

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Oh Lucy still with Josh Hartnett
Photograph: © Oh Lucy, LLC
Film, Film festivals

Japanese Film Festival

icon-location-pin Event Cinemas - George Street, Sydney
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The Japanese Film Festival returns with a packed program of 30 features and one doco. The festival will feature highlighs like romantic detective mystery Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, and One Cut of the Dead, which is being touted as a cleverly disguised take on the zombie comedy genre. 

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Awavena Carriageworks 2018
Photograph: Greg Downing
Art, Film and video

Awavena

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh
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This virtual-reality film has just wowed audiences at the Venice International Film Festival, and now Sydney gets a screening at Carriageworks. Awavena was made at the invitation of Brazilian Amazonian Yawanawa people and tells the story of Hushahu, the tribe’s first female shaman. The film will be accompanied by a free public exhibition with VR elements.

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Reggie Watts NOBA Sponsored
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Comedy, Stand Up

AAMI presents Just for Laughs Festival

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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[Sponsored] Now in its eighth year, the Just For Laughs Festival has become a comedy fixture for Sydney, presenting a largely Antipodean, UK and American line-up across Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre, Factory Theatre and City Recital Hall. 

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Eurydice Old Fitz Theatre 2018
Photograph: John Marmaras
Theatre, Drama

Eurydice

icon-location-pin Old Fitzroy Theatre, Wooloomooloo
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Putting a feminist spin on the Greek myths has become something of a trend, but US playwright Sarah Ruhl was doing it way before it was fashionable. Eurydice re-imagines the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife who, after dying on her wedding day, must travel to the Underworld and forget about her life above. 

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Nossa Chape Our Team
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Film, Film festivals

Cine Latino Film Festival

icon-location-pin Around Sydney, Sydney
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Cine Latino Film Festival returns to Sydney for its third year in 2018, with a schedule of 26 features, three docos, a special Argentinian film screening and a Cuban retrospective. The festival is presented by Palace Cinemas and kicks off this week. 

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Stall holder at the Westies Markets displaying her fashion designs
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Shopping, Markets

The Westies Markets

icon-location-pin Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Western Sydney
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It might be a trek to Emu Plains if you live in central Sydney, but the return of the Westies Markets could be a sign that the West knows best when it comes to fresh produce and even fresher style. The Westies are all about showcasing the Penrith region while giving local growers and makers the opportunity to show off their products. 

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The Overcoat a Musical Belvoir 2018
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Theatre, Musicals

The Overcoat: A Musical

icon-location-pin Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills
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The darkly funny story of Nikolai, a lonely St Petersburg office worker who decides to sell everything he owns in order to buy a new overcoat and change his life forever, features a Russian jazz trio live on stage and stars Laura Bunting, Kate Cheel and Aaron Tsindos, with Charles Wu as the tragic Nikolai.

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FloatFit Andrew Boy Charlton Pool
Sport and fitness, Yoga, pilates and meditation

FloatFit at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

icon-location-pin Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Sydney
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While some of us are yet to master a downward dog or tree pose in a standard yoga class, more balanced yogis will enjoy the challenge of this high-intensity, yoga-inspired routine performed while floating on water. There's more intense sessions with mountain-climbers, jump-squats and sit-ups, or also a slower, more focused practice. 

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Love Darlinghurst Theatre Company 2018
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Theatre, Drama

Love

icon-location-pin Eternity Playhouse, Darlinghurst
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All hail Patricia Cornelius. After years of her work being ignored by the major companies, she's finally getting her moment in the sun. Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents Love. It’s an exploration of love in all its forms – platonic, sexual, destructive, life affirming – told through the shifting relationships between three young addicts on the skids.

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Spartacus The Australian Ballet 2018
Photograph: Justin Ridler
Dance, Ballet

Spartacus

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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The story is based on the historical figure of Spartacus, an enslaved gladiator who led a rebellion against the tyrannical Roman commander Crassus in the first century BC. Traditionally, it’s been a vehicle for a company’s male dancers to step out from behind the ballerinas.

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Stalker
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Film, Film festivals

Cosmic Futures free film series

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
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One of the best free things to do in Sydney is to see a movie at the Art Gallery of NSW. They offer year-round programs of screenings in support of their major exhibitions. To accompany Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage, they're presenting this series of visionary Russian movies. 

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The Norman Conquests Ensemble 2018
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Theatre, Drama

The Norman Conquests

icon-location-pin Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli
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Ensemble Theatre is bringing more long-form theatre to Sydney with Alan Ayckbourn’s brilliant trilogy, The Norman Conquests. The three parallel plays follow the unravelling of the romantic but philandering Norman as he deals with his wife Ruth, her sister Annie and his sister-in-law Sarah over one disastrous summer weekend.

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William Kentridge AGNSW 2018
Photograph: Christopher Snee, AGNSW
Art

William Kentridge: That Which We Do Not Remember

icon-location-pin Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
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Renowned for his arresting stop-motion video installations, William Kentridge is the best-known contemporary artist working in South Africa today. In this exhibition visitors can trace the development of his career, from his interest in opera and early cinema to his preoccupation with the nexus between art, ideology, history and memory as a witness to South Africa’s apartheid era. 

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